Mary Fisher: The Importance of Representation
After racing in 2012 and 2016, Mary Fisher’s been watching the Paralympics from afar and cheering the New Zealand team on. She’s now a Board Member of Paralympics New Zealand, and works for Blind Low Vision NZ. The Able team have been captioning and audio describing the highlights, and we spoke to her about her experiences as a Paralympic athlete, and the importance of the Paralympic Games.
Tokyo Olympics: Meet the Kiwis who make television accessible
Able NZ's Alex Walker thrives on live captioning challenges as the Olympics draw to a close. Written by Andre Chumko for Stuff (www.stuff.co.nz), Aug 05 2021
An interview with Martine Abel-Williamson, President of the World Blind Union
Martine Abel-Williamson is President of the World Blind Union and was an early adopter of audio description. To mark the tenth anniversary of AD in New Zealand, we sat down to hear Martine’s thoughts about the emergence and importance of audio description in Aotearoa.
Blog: Relaying Relay5 Apr 2018
When it’s wet and miserable outside, I like to gaze wistfully out the window, watch the raindrops race each other to get to the bottom, and mull over life’s great mysteries – you know, like when the lights go out, where is it to? If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success, then? Why isn’t there another word for ‘synonym’? How does a Deaf person use the phone?
News: Captioning the Commonwealth Games 201826 Mar 2018
The Commonwealth Games are nearly here! We are pleased to let you know captions will be available on TVNZ 1 from 9am daily until the conclusion of primetime coverage hosted by Toni Street.
Blog: Why Humans Aren’t Obsolete Just Yet1 Feb 2018
Living in the world as it is today, it takes a good mental workout to think of something that can’t be done by technology/automation/robots/<insert relevant tech-savvy term here>. Whether you’re a technophile or you’ve seen too much of Westworld or Humans not to be suspicious, there’s no stopping progress.
Blog: What’s Around the Corner?11 Jan 2018
Happy New Year! As Kiwis pack up their tents and chillybins, put the cover back on the barbie and get back into work mode, let’s take a peek around the corner at what’s in store for media accessibility in 2018.
Blog: Captioning Police Ten 7 to help catch ‘gutless thieving scumbags’13 Dec 2017
Police Ten 7 is celebrating 15 years on our screens, and for fans of the series, it’s appointment viewing to revel in the misfortunes of brainless criminals and laugh at foolish drunken antics, some of which elicit unforgettable dry responses from police officers dealing with the troublemakers.
Blog: Music to your eyes1 Dec 2017
I once had a gig as a content editor for a local music rag. It was a lot of writing (obviously), but also a lot of very interesting interviews with musicians. One of the more memorable chats was with the former drummer of a world-class rock band. He was about to release a solo album (the following day, in fact) and wasn’t happy with its marketing campaign.
Blog: Accessibility is good for everyone17 Nov 2017
Cast your mind back to earlier this year – America’s Cup 2017. You arrive at work and your workmates are crowding around the television watching the racing. You’re hard of hearing, so you can’t hear what’s being said in a noisy environment. You’re finding it hard to follow what’s happening, so you drift away from the group, back to your desk.
Highlights: 1 News Vote 17 Election Night Special22 Sep 2017
The election night special will be fronted by Seven Sharp’s Mike Hosking with Breakfast’s Hilary Barry, 1 NEWS at Six’s Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie, 1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann and Sunday’s Jehan Casinader.
Highlights: Face the Classroom18 Sep 2017
This two-night special will offer viewers a unique opportunity to see our political leaders unmasked, as a classroom of inquisitive 8 to 12-year-olds ask them the refreshingly honest questions that only children would think to ask.
Highlights: Netball Quad Series: Silver Ferns vs South Africa24 Aug 2017
We're thrilled to be captioning Prime's upcoming netball coverage!